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Hezbollah says footage shows Iranian drone tracking US drone over Syria
June 7, 2017 / 2:20 PM / 6 months ago

Hezbollah says footage shows Iranian drone tracking US drone over Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV on Wednesday broadcast footage it said had been filmed by an Iranian drone showing a U.S. military drone flying over southeast Syria.

A still image taken from a footage broadcasted on Lebanese Hezbollah's Al Manar TV channel on June 7, 2017, shows what it said had been filmed by an Iranian drone showing what is said to be a U.S. military drone flying over southeast Syria. Hezbollah's Al Manar TV via Reuters TV

The grainy film showed what looked like a Predator drone, a type the U.S. military uses for reconnaissance and attack missions, flying high above unidentifiable territory.

A voiceover in Farsi said “this is an American drone”. It said it had been identified by an Iranian drone which was monitoring it undetected.

The video’s authenticity could not be verified.

The footage emerged as tensions grow between Washington and the military alliance that backs the Syrian government, including Iranian-backed forces such as Hezbollah.

The alliance threatened on Wednesday to hit U.S. positions in Syria, in response to a U.S. strike on Tuesday against what Washington said were pro-government forces.

Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Andrew Roche

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